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fiddle
British English: /ˈfɪd(ə)l/
American English: /ˈfɪdl/

Translation of fiddle in French:

noun

  • 1
    [informal]
    (dishonest scheme) to work a fiddle
    magouiller (informal) quelque chose
    it's a complete fiddle!
    c'est de la grosse magouille (informal)!
    to be on the fiddle
    (informal)

transitive verb

intransitive verb

  • 1 (fidget)to fiddle with something
    tripoter quelque chose
  • 2 (adjust)to fiddle with
    (knobs, controls)

Idioms

to be as fit as a fiddle

être en pleine santé

to fiddle while Rome burns

se ficher de tout comme de l'an 40

to have a face as long as a fiddle

faire une tête d'enterrement or de six pieds de long
(informal)

to play second fiddle to somebody

être le sous-fifre (informal) de quelqu'un

Phrasal verbs

fiddle around

1 fiddle around
traîner sa flemme
(informal)
2 fiddle around with [something]
(readjust) (typewriter, engine)
(fidget) (corkscrew, elastic band)

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